Monday, October 02, 2017

Happy Archtober

It's that time of year again, when architecture- and design-related events and exhibitions converge on New York City at such a density that it's nearly impossible to see everything of note. For instance, one great aspect of Archtober are the Buildings of the Day; but unless you already bought tickets to see such buildings as Herzog & de Meuron's 56 Leonard Street, LOT-EK's Carroll House, or Diller Scofidio + Renfro's Vagelos Center, you're out of luck. So what's left? Below are a half-dozen standout exhibitions and events that shouldn't disappoint.

October 2
Opening of Scaffolding at the Center for Architecture
Although the idea of an exhibition that "examines the extraordinary applications of scaffolding as a kit-of-parts technology to provide novel forms of inhabitation and access" is intriguing, I'm mostly looking forward to the exhibition design by OMA's Shohei Shigematsu. (Until January 14, 2018)

Never Built New York at the Queens Museum of Art
Co-authors Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin take their popular book into the space of the museum with an exhibition designed by Christian Wassmann. Photos that show illuminated never-built buildings inserted into the museum's famous NYC panorama make me really want to make the trip out to Flushing Meadows. (Until February 18, 2018)

October 20
Opening of Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gates of Paradise at the Japan Society
In addition to "a new monumental black-and-white photo series by Sugimoto," the artist will celebrate the Japan Society's 110th anniversary with "a newly designed lobby garden in the Society's landmarked building." (Until January 7, 2018)

Souvenirs: New New York Icons at the Storefront for Art and Architecture
Storefront commissioned more than 59 artists, architects, and designers to develop "objects that redefine New York’s iconic imagery." As part of their exhibition design, MOS Architects manipulates the Storefront's own iconic facade, "bringing it into conversation with its urban and architectural context." (Until November 18, 2017)

October 24, 26-28
Swedish Design Moves New York at the Center for Architecture and the Van Alen Institute
This four-day program under the theme Democratic Architecture features panel discussions about "how democratic architecture gives our communities a voice in the architectural process, ... what democratic space can be and how to create it, [and] what tools are available and how to develop them even further."

Harry Seidler: Painting Toward Architecture at Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York
Curator Vladimir Belogolovsky brings his traveling exhibition on the work of Harry Seidler, "Australia’s most prominent architect of the 20th century," to City College. The exhibition examines Seidler's "distinctive place and hand within and beyond modernist design methodology" through a dozen featured projects. (Until November 22, 2017)